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EXERCISE AT HOME - Rare Pristine/Shrinkwrapped Copy of The Deluxe Clamshell Box Edition With Original Color Print: Numbered And Signed by Luke Smalley

Smalley, Luke

ISBN 10: 1931885702 / ISBN 13: 9781931885706
Published by Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms Publishers, 2007
Used Condition As New Hardcover
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1st Printing. Signed. 48 pages. Published in 2007. Collection of color photographs. Now considered a contemporary photography classic. Deluxe Clamshell Box Edition of 50 numbered and signed copies. Precedes and should not be confused with the Limited Edition of 1000 copies. The Deluxe Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Luke Smalley, Jack Woody, and Jonathan Stephenson: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on the spine, as issued. Photographs by Luke Smalley. There is no text. 10 X 8 inch color print encased in its own black folio and laid into the box. Red-orange cloth clamshell box. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Korea to the highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Luke Smalley's "Exercise At Home". The companion volume to his ground-breaking debut, "Gymnasium", it is an all-new portrait sequence of athletic young men from Pennsylvania. It seems the unlikeliest thing: Exercise as the emblem of masculine beauty and eroticism. The images are cool and rigorously formal in a manner that recalls August Sander. At the same time, they are hot and unbearably sexy in the manner of Bruce Weber. "Revisits the themes and ideas that resonated in 'Gymnasium'. Investigates the small-town interiors and landscapes which are the settings for his portraits of young athletes. Color photographs, inspired by a more innocent era, depict exercises which combine whimsy with the inexplicable" (Jack Woody). The men are smooth-skinned, blond, blue-eyed, all-American, with close-cropped hair and elaborate drawings of Classical athletes on their hairless chests. They represent the physical ideal that Willoughby and Weaver celebrated in their classic 1947 book on the development of American youth: "Proper muscular exercise, which brings about increased strength of body and improved functioning of all its organs and parts, at the same time lending to develop ideal size and symmetrical proportioning of the skeletal muscles" ("The Complete Guide To Muscular Measurement"). A healthy body is a desirable body, and these subjects are physical perfection in the flesh. Luke Smalley died under mysterious circumstances on May 17, 2009, prematurely ending a career that was on the verge of mainstream recognition. An absolute "must-have" title for Luke Smalley collectors. This copy is one of the Deluxe Clamshell Box Edition, indicated/numbered as such on the Back Limitation Page, and it is very prominently and beautifully numbered, dated (in the year of publication), and signed in blue pen by the photographer: "Luke Smalley 2007". It comes with a 10 X 8 inch original color print that is also very prominently and beautifully numbered and signed in black pen on verso by the photographer. Smalley signed in his cursive handwriting for both the book and the print (instead of block letters). This title is a contemporary erotic art photography classic. As far as we know, this is one of only two copies of the Deluxe Edition still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 30 color plates, 1 original color print. One of the most brilliant American photographers of our time. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LUKE SMALLEY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1931885702. Bookseller Inventory # 16719


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Title: EXERCISE AT HOME - Rare Pristine/...

Publisher: Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms Publishers, 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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